Ranking Deron Williams' 5 Most Dangerous Offensive Moves
Deron Williams was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the third overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, which was full of difference makers at the point guard position (Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Nate Robinson, Jarrett Jack and Monta Ellis).
With his three-point shooting ability, Williams can score at least 40 points on any given night and his court vision allows him to find the open shooter.
Watching Knicks-Jazz. Man, Deron Williams is a tremendous point guard. Always looking to pass, but'll put 25 on you too
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 10, 2009
Williams has a number of dribbling moves and shots in his arsenal, which is why he is such a dangerous offensive player.
5. The Floater
With his deceptive dribbling, size and change of speeds, Williams has no problem breaking down his defender one-on-one. However, once he gets into the lane, it's a different game when he faces seven-foot centers and multiple bigger defenders collapse on him.
Since he can't always throw down a dunk in the face of a 7'2" center, Williams has learned how to choose the safer route and float shots over the outstretched arms of defenders.
4. The Hesitation Dribble
This move can go hand-in-hand with Deron Williams' crossover dribble. As a point guard, it is very important for Williams to penetrate and to drive past his defender so that he has more room to operate.
The best way for that to happen is to keep his defender off-balance and to be one step ahead. In his eight seasons in the NBA, D-Will has mastered the art of the hesitation dribble.
Deron Williams just taught me the hesitation cross while rejecting the pick!!!! Thirsty to use it now!!!!!
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) September 13, 2011
He briefly hesitates when he pulls the ball back, often before or after a crossover, and then he dribbles full speed to the lane.
At 1:52 in the video, he draws a bigger defender after the defense switches on a screen. Then, he crosses over from his right hand to his left, hesitates and he drives past his defender in two dribbles. Williams then kicks it out to an open teammate, who makes a three-pointer.
3. The Bounce Pass
A bounce pass sounds simple and ordinary but it's not for Williams. He appears to have 360-degree vision and he exploits passing lanes that most players wouldn't consider.
Whether it's a no-look, backwards bounce pass between the legs to an open three-point shooter (0:26 second mark) or a cross-court pass that splits two defenders on a fast break that reaches a teammate in stride as he's cutting to the basket (0:51 second mark), D-Will adds flair and creativity to the point guard position.
Based on that pass, Deron Williams is probably a better bowler than Bynum
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) November 27, 2012
While Williams has averaged nearly 20 points per game in his career, he is just as good of a facilitator as he is a scorer and it's largely because of his ability to get his teammates the ball in positions to score through bounce passes.
2. The Three-Pointer
Williams made a name for himself on the national stage in his three seasons at the University of Illinois, which was capped off with an appearance in the national championship game in 2005.
That Fighting Illini squad was known for their three-point shooting ability after shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc as a team and making an average of almost nine threes per game. Of the five starters, Williams is the only who still plays in the NBA and he hasn't lost his shooting touch from the outside.
As D-Will's shots per game have increased over the course of his career, so have his three-point attempts. He can score from anywhere in three-point range and he's deadly from the corners. He made nearly 47 percent of his corner threes last season, according to Vorped.
Williams can create his own shot, pull-up for three in transition or play off the ball for catch-and-shoot opportunities.
His best three-point shooting performance of his career was in a 95-78 win against the Washington Wizards last season when he set the NBA record for most three-point field goals in a half. He scored 23 points in the first quarter and started the game eight-for-eight from behind the arc.
In the video, D-Will knocked down threes from both wings and the top of the key. Williams made a few threes in transition, his teammate Gerald Wallace assisted him on a couple of catch-and-shoot threes and he even had one turn-around jumper.
Williams' three-point shot is even more dangerous because he can use a shot fake to get his defender to jump in the air to block his shot. Once his defender is in the air, he can either draw a foul or he can drive past the defender.
At 3:51 in the video, Williams gets John Wall to jump past the three-point line to put a hand in Williams' face but the Nets point guard takes a few dribbles to get by Wall and he knocks down an open jump shot.
1. The Crossover
At 6'3" and 209 pounds, Williams is bigger than the average point guard in the NBA. While his size gives him an advantage against his smaller competition, Williams doesn't shy away from using his handles to blow past his opponents.
Deron Williams has a deceptively wicked crossover. Not explosive, just deceptive. Simply, smoothly amputates your ankles.
— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) January 8, 2012
What makes D-Will's crossover dribble so lethal is that he dribbles multiple times--often between his legs--to break down his defender.
In this video, he took five crossover dribbles to keep Toney Douglas off-balance and at one point, Douglas had his back turned to Williams. Williams then finished him off by pulling up for a three-pointer as time was expiring in the first quarter.
For my money, I'll put Deron Williams' crossover up against anybody's.
— Mr. Sports Journo (@BIGSPORTSWRITER) April 4, 2012
Williams can be a nightmare to guard because defenders have to play him straight-up instead of trying to force him in one direction. He is able to quickly crossover dribble with both hands, which makes defenders liable for getting their ankles broken.
If you don't believe me, go to YouTube. Search "Deron Williams crossover" and the next time that you check the clock, a few hours will have passed. You've been warned.